CAD Truck - Lesson Plan
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Subject Area: Engineering
Learning Objectives: Students will learn about the principles of CAD.
Materials Needed: One computer, CAD software, one Micro or Micro+ 3D printer, at least one 1,000ft spool of 3D Ink (ABS-R recommended), and one 250ft spool of Tough 3D Ink to print the wheels per student or small groups of students.
Brief Description: Students will design and print all the components of a truck, including: the frame, wheels, axles, hubs, cab and bed.
To Prepare: Students will need a computer that has the M3D software on it. We recommend one printer per every 2-5 students. The Micro or Micro+ 3D printer will need to be plugged into both the wall and the computer. Each printer will need to have a spool of 3D Ink feeding into the external port. A spool holder is also recommended.
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1. Either individually or in small groups, ask students to design the different components of a truck. They will need to design a frame, the wheels, axles, hubs, a cab and a bed.
2. Students should print the different parts of their truck. We recommend printing the wheels in Tough 3D Ink and the rest in ABS-R.
3. Students can assemble their trucks after each part has completed printing. If the parts don’t fit together properly, they will need to adjust their design.